09/30/14 1:00pm

four mile runThis is an update to this post. Only three (3) days remain for phase 3! If you can, donate today.

The City of Alexandria partnered this past summer with Citizinvestor to help Alexandria citizens invest in their local community. Over the summer, generous local non-profits have made funds available for Arlandria’s Four Mile Run Park to plant trees. Now it’s up to us, the citizens of Alexandria, to help buy the trees and help keep them watered.

In Arlandria, a group of community volunteers has performed numerous improvement projects in and around Four Mile Run Park over the years. Now, through Citizinvestor, the group has started the 4MR Park Community Fall Tree Planting, which is a community initiative in conjunction with the City of Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.

Each tree requires approximately $380: an estimated $100 for the tree itself (at 1.5-inch caliper); $25-30 for watering bag and proper staking; as much as $12.50 per watering 20 times per year for two years (if no other access is possible watering services will be utilized). All planting and care of the trees will be performed by community volunteers!

Phase 1 & 2 are funded. I have donated to this project. What about you? Click the Citizinvestor links above or click the link in the sidebar to the right if you can donate and help your neighbors out to make our City beautiful.

09/30/14 11:17am

California Tortilla in Bradlee Shopping Center in Alexandria, Virginia
This is an update to this post.

California Tortilla has made quick progress at their newest location in Alexandria, Virginia at the Bradlee Shopping Center. You can view the menu at this link. To celebrate their grand opening, they are having a FREE burrito day at the new location!

This location will be open from 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM Mon-Sat and 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM Sun.

Staff was getting trained and ready for the grand opening and FREE burrito day yesterday.

California Tortilla in the Bradlee Shopping Center of Alexandria, Virginia


09/30/14 10:40am

The Alexandria City Council recently recognized Metrostage, the oldest professional theatre in Northern Virginia, by honoring them for their 30 years in our community. Al at In a D.C. Minute, attended a recent performance of the first show of Metrostage’s 30th year, Three Sistahs, a musical inspired by Chekhov’s Three Sisters, and came away very impressed.

You can find her review at this link. Three Sistahs runs through November 2nd.

For tickets to any of Metrostage’s productions, you can call the box office @ (703) 548-9044 or visit them online at this link.


09/30/14 9:43am

For our morning links, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.


09/30/14 9:19am

As I have told you, Dominion Power is looking to add a new 230kV electric transmission line between its Glebe Substation, located at the intersection of S. Glebe Road and S. Eads Street in Arlington, and Pepco’s Potomac River Substation at the intersection of Slaters Lane and E. Abingdon Drive in the City of Alexandria. The website for Dominion’s project is at this link.

This is needed, according to Dominion, to support reliability needs to local residents and businesses. As Dominion Power has stated, the forecast shows Dominion will be unable to meet reliability needs in our area in 2018 if nothing is changed.

Question is, where would the high-voltage power line go (See map below)? My guess would be Dominion is going to offer going right down Main Line Boulevard in Potomac Yard or Route 1. How does this affect Metroway and Potomac Yard? These are my guesses, what is yours?

Alexandria has put together an ad-hoc working group to help with Alexandria’s response to the Dominion petition which is expected to go before the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) in November.

Dominion is offering the chance for the public to engage with them regarding this proposal on this Wednesday, October 1. They are hosting an informational open house from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Mount Vernon Community School, located at 2601 Commonwealth Ave in Alexandria so the public can learn more about the proposed plan. There will be NO formal presentation at the open house but, experts will be on hand to answer your questions.


Map of the possible routes for the new high-voltage power line is after the jump…


09/29/14 4:27pm

Chicken Out location in Alexandria, Virginia to become newest District Taco location

This is an update to this post, this post, and this post.

Delicious tacos from District Taco are about two months out. Can I get an Orale!

09/29/14 2:12pm

Hooray for Books

Locally owned bookstore Hooray for Books! announced recently that they will be launching a campaign on popular crowd-funding platform IndieGoGo to raise funds for their upcoming expansion. Funds will be used to buy bookcases, remodel the author event space, and provide a more varied offering of books, including more books for adults. Hooray for Books! celebrated its 6th birthday this year and is the only bookstore in northern Virginia specializing in children’s books.

The campaign begins October 6 and will run for 30 days. The expansion is scheduled for January.